Case No. 18/9

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Case No.18/9
2013 Kannada film Case No. 18 9 poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Mahesh Rao
Produced by
  • Praveen Kumar Shetty
  • Shivanand Shetty
  • V. K. Mohan
  • Kanthi Shetty
Written by Balaji Sakthivel
Screenplay by Mahesh Rao
Based on Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (2012)
by Balaji Sakthivel
Music by Arjun Janya
Cinematography SabhaKumar
Edited by Deepu S. Kumar
Kranthi Creations
Release date
  • 2 August 2013 (2013-08-02)
Running time
134 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Case No.18/9 (Kannada: ಕೇಸ್ ನಂ. ೧೮/೯) is a 2013 Indian Kannada language film directed by Mahesh Rao, a remake of the Tamil film Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (2012). The film stars Niranjan Shetty and Sindhu Lokanath in the lead roles. The supporting cast features Abhishek, Shweta Pandit and Rangayana Raghu.


Production and marketing[edit]

The film was announced in September 2012, as the remake of the 2012 Tamil film Vazhakku Enn 18/9. Niranjan Shetty and Sindhu Lokanath were signed to play the lead roles.[1] Shweta Pandit was signed to play the role of a school-going girl in the film, in October 2012.[2] Reports came out in March 2013, that Harshika Poonacha would be making a cameo appearance in the film, in a item number. The song was filmed at a pub in Bangalore at an estimated cost of 35,000 (US$510).[3]

The trailer of the film featuring sequences of action and romance, was released on YouTube on 30 April 2013.[4] Prior to 2 weeks of the film's release, its satellite rights were secured by the TV channel Suvarna, for over 1.57 crore (US$230,000).[5]


Case No. 18/9
Soundtrack album by Arjun Janya
Released 29 March 2013
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 27:39
Label Jhankar Music

The music for the soundtrack was composed by Arjun Janya, also writing the lyrics for the track "Yakbekithappa Mobile Phonu". The other tracks had lyrics were written by Ghouse Peer, V. Nagendra Prasad, Mahesh Rao, Vikas Chandra and Hrudaya Shiva. The album consists of seven soundtracks.[6]

Track listing
1."Ninthalle Ninthukolle"Ghouse PeerVijay Prakash4:33
2."Nodkond Nodkond"V. Nagendra PrasadTippu4:45
3."Party Suru – Virus Mix"Mahesh Rao, Vikas ChandraArjun Janya4:16
4."Yakbekithappa Mobile Phonu"Arjun JanyaArjun Janya4:03
5."Ee Beyuva Hrudhayada"Hrudaya ShivaSri Loki3:05
6."Party Suru"Mahesh Rao, Vikas ChandraArjun Janya4:55
7."Theme Music – Case No 18/9" Arjun Janya2:02
Total length:27:39

Critical reception[edit]

Upon theatrical release, the film received generally positive reviews from critics. The performances Niranjan Shetty, Sindhu Lokanath, Shwetha Pandit and Rangayana Raghu, and the film's direction, screenplay and narration received praise from critics.

G. S. Kumar of The Times of India reviewed the film giving it a rating of 3.5/5 and wrote, "Armed with an excellent script, director Mahesh Rao has handled the sequences very well with good narration". He concluded crediting the performances of all the lead characters, and the cinematography and music.[7] Bangalore Mirror, in its review called the film "a laudable effort" and praises the performances of Niranjan Shetty, Sindhu Lokanath, Shwetha Pandit and Rangayana Raghu, and credits the screenplay and music.[8] Writing for Deccan Herald, B. S. Srivani gave the film a 3-star rating and wrote, "Case no. 18/9 stands out for several reasons. Sabha Kumar’s camerawork is excellent, Arjun Janya revives spirits with his score and Deepu S Kumar is so mindful of his scissors, the impact created by the secondary leads is maximised, leading to a rather tame climax, which appears so mainly because it comes out so naturally!" and concluded writing, "Nirranjan’s lament, Sindhu’s shining eyes, Abhishek’s sneer, Shwetha’s body language and Raghu’s quiet competence linger long after the case is closed."[9] gave the film an average rating and said the film "original essence of the movie (Vazhakku Enn 18/9) has been retained from the start till the end." It also added that the performances of Raghu stand out and credited the director's "technical brilliance, grip over narration and impressive film-making."[10]

Award nominations[edit]

3rd South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kannada) – Sindhu Lokanath
  • Best Male Debutant (Kannada) – Niranjan Shetty


  1. ^ "Case No.18/9 in Kannada". 20 September 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shweta gets into Manisha's shoes". The New Indian Express. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Harshika Ponnacha Special Song in Case No. 18/9". 23 March 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Case No 18/9 trailer released". The Times of India. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Case No. 18/9 Gets Huge Satellite Rights". 21 July 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Case No 18/9 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Case No. 18/9 review". The Times of India. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Case No 18/9: Clipped wings". Bangalore Mirror. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Simple life crushed under greed". Deccan Herald. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Case No 18/9 review". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 

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